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Clemson's bats stay hot in win

Behind three home runs and a J.D. Burgess double that scored two runs in the eighth inning, No. 13 Clemson rallied for a 7-6 victory over College of Charleston in front of 2,083 fans at Patriots Point Stadium.

The Tigers improved to 5-0, while the Cougars fell to 4-1. Clemson also upped its all-time record to 19-0 against College of Charleston.

Reliever Alex Martin (1-0) earned the win by retiring the only batter he faced in the seventh inning.

Matt Vaughn, a native of Summerville pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn his second save of the year.

Tiger starter Graham Stoneburner surrendered three runs on four hits in the first inning, but he settled down and pitched near perfect baseball the next four innings to keep the Tigers within reach.

Cougar reliever Jesse Simpson (2-1) allowed the two eighth-inning runs and suffered the loss. Starter Danny Meszaros struck out nine and did not walk a batter in 5.1 innings pitched as well.

The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to two triples and a home run.

Stuart Haywood led off with a triple to left field. Two batters later, Brandon Sizemore belted a two-run homer to left field, his third of the season. Michael Harrington followed with a triple over the first-base bag and scored on Jeremie Tice's groundout to shortstop.

The Tigers tied the score in the third inning after the first two batters were retired.

Stan Widmann laid down a bunt single and Wilson Boyd followed with an opposite-field, two-run homer to left field, his fifth of the season.

Doug Hogan made it back-to-back long balls with a towering homer to left-center.

It was his second home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Only 16 times previously has a Tiger had a hitting streak of 20 games or more.

Ben Paulsen put the Tigers on top in the sixth inning when he led off with an opposite-field homer to left field, his second of the year. Two batters later, Kyle Parker doubled down the left-field line.

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